Heavy D Mourned by Jay-Z, Will Smith, & Obamas at Hometown Funeral

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Dwight “Heavy D” Myers was remembered by his family and friends at a funeral service held at Grace Baptist Church in his hometown of Mount Vernon, New York, on Friday (Nov. 18). Jay-Z, Usher, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, John Legend, Queen Latifah, Denzel Washington, Salt-N-Pepa, and more gathered to pay their respects to the self-proclaimed “Overweight Lover” at the star-studded sendoff.

An emotional Diddy remembered his friend, who passed away earlier this month at the age of 44. “Heavy D was the first person to believe in me. He’s the person who made me who I am today,” said the Bad Boy mogul, who was seated in the front row next to Heavy’s parents. “I’ll admit that I took Hev for granted. I always thought he’d be there.”

Johnny Gill, Yolanda Adams, Kim Burrell, and Heavy D’s nieces performed, while Anthony Hamilton walked down the aisle singing a somber version of Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

Even the First Family grieved the loss of the hip-hop pioneer. “We extend our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. He will be remembered for his infectious optimism and many contributions to American music. Please know that you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers,” read a note from the Obamas, which was delivered by Rev. Al Sharpton.

Heavy D’s daughter Xea Myers also gave a touching tribute to her father during the two-and-a-half-hour funeral service. “He was just amazing,” said the 11-year-old. “That’s why we’re all here today. To celebrate his love and passion.”

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27 Comments

  1. Yeah

    :( RIP Heavy D

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  2. SHAK

    r.i.p.

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  3. uhuh

    Rappers of today need to ask themselves: will i be remembered and honored the way Heavy D did when i die over 20+ years?

    im speaking of the kinds of Soulja Boy, Lil B, Gucci Mane, Flo Rida, Shawty Lo, Waka Flocka.. the list goes on and on

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    Qwerty Reply:

    @uhuh, Shawty Lo though? lol

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    lapresha's mother Reply:

    @Qwerty, i said the same thang! lol

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    uhuh Reply:

    @Qwerty, im just naming wack rappers

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  4. Qwerty

    R.I.P… smh

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  5. lufuno

    Rap up tanx 4 keeping us up2dated I relly love wat u are doing#jiga aha otis is the myne

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  6. ughreally

    RIP

    Heard Queen Latifah on BEt’s 106 and Park talking about Heavy D the other day and crying through her call. He came up with a lot of artists and helped a lot of them.

    Him and Diddy were really good longtime friends. Diddy bringing his mother says a lot

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  7. Kayla

    R.I.P. Heavy D. Such a sad time. He will be missed. It’s nice to see all of his friends showing respect to him.

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  8. Ms l

    I saw his funeral on live stream this morning. All i can say is R.I.P Dwight Meyers. All these years i listened to his music and i never knew his real name until now. I always known him as Heavy D. He will dif be missed. He was The Real Prince of Hip Hip. We lost so many greats. We lost Nate Dogg now him. Hip Hop just will not never be the same. Every song Heavy did was a hit. Unlike today besides Nicki and Drake and that’s the only two artists i listen too now. This so-called is so terrible that i barely listen to the radio now it’s that terrible. Heavy D will be missed.

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  9. BigHUNT

    R.I.P heavy D .nice to see people who know him show the support, Hov looking like he shed some tears…

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  11. Tango P.i

    THIS IS BLACK HISTORY !!!!! SPEECHLESS !!!!!

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  12. Latonya

    There’s no hate here, no arguing, no sillyness, This is the celebration of a legend, he will be missed. Its great to know that people are taking this time, i can only pray for his family.

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  13. Winston Churchill

    she typed shawty LO lmaoo

    RIP HEavy D!

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  14. Ann

    Did Will and Jada attend separately?

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  15. YOOSONDALOOSE

    R.I.P Heavy D.
    And doesn’t Queen Latifah look stunning!

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  16. T.I.fan4life

    I know this is a funeral and all that. And i respect that and my condolences go out to Heavy D and his family, but damn these people look fly!!

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  17. vivica

    R.I.P Heavy D, another industry goon….paying for the price of fame #that’slife

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    DCI74 Reply:

    @vivica, Heavy D was not an industry goon nor is his death paying the price for fame. Your comment is ridiculous.

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  18. Dryuu

    I can’t believe Heavy D is gone! He will be greatly missed! :( RiP Heavy D. Don’t ever take someone for granted, they might not be here tomorrow!

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  21. sherry

    I will always remember Heavy D. I’ve been in and out of Mt Vernon for years (grew up In Baychester section of the Bronx). He was a “hellavu” guy! He always gave back to the community.
    I used to see him and his boys at the Metrofit gym years ago. May his soul rest in peace!

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  22. diane

    We love you Heavy D. and you will truly be missed we loved all of your music exspecially self -destruction i loved the part when you said love your brother and treat him like he is equal and take ease to want iam saying or we will be on our knees praying !!!!we love you Heavy D. R.I.P!!!!

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  23. Josette lofaso

    My Dear son on law Dwight Myers, they call you Heavy, You called me Mom, I called you Son. I love you and miss you, your smile and your jokes, I miss you coming to Passover Holidays and speaking yiddish. I miss making you chicken meatballs and Marinara. Thank you for loving my daughter, Antonia and for creating Xea who will coninue your legacy of music. She sings all of the time and is quite wonderful. See you in the next life………..

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